It was announced last month that for entertainment in Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas season the Peanuts holiday specials wouldn’t air on network television this year. The tradition of this holiday season special is more than 50 years old and for the first time in this tradition is going to break.
Instead of network television, the Peanuts holiday specials will be available to stream on Apple TV+. The program will be available for free on certain dates to watch it on Apple TV+, so the non-subscribers also would be able to view the programs. Still, this news caused a small outcry across social media.
The Deadline reports that Apple TV+ has already confirmed the channel permission to air A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) once each, without ads. So that makes PBS save the day and it is set that on Sunday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m. EST PBS and PBS KIDS will broadcast A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Also, A Charlie Brown Christmas will follow a few weeks later on Sunday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m.
This year the families might not be physically together but the broadcasts help foster a collective holiday spirit. Also, they will provide an opportunity to enjoy the specials for the people without access to Apple TV+.
Though the new streaming plan has made some Peanut fans upset as all Peanuts content, new and old, will live on Apple TV+. CBS originally produced and premiered the holiday specials from the 1960s, but they gave the reins to ABC in the early 2000s. So as per the latest news, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is available for free on Apple TV+ from November 25 to November 27 and A Charlie Brown Christmas from December 11 to December 13. So if any can watch the holiday specials on PBS this year, they can watch it for free on Apple TV+.